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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jesus IS The Reason ~* Easter Blog Hop*~

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God bless you for joining us on this wonderful hop venture! 
Once again, my thanks go to Catherine (Paper Addict) for  inviting me to th newest  blog hop
for the Easter 'Reason'...and this time we are celebrating the coming of Our Lord Resurrection.
This is indeed a blessed time of year, as we remember Christ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary,  and celebrate his triumphant victory over death!  We're so glad you've stopped by!  Our purpose for the next 3 days is to draw the attention back to Jesus Christ, just as we did with our Christmas version of "Jesus Is The Reason" hop.  In North America especially, Easter has become about mythical bunnies, candy and hunting for colored eggs.
While they amuse us, these things distract us from the real cause for celebration: 
the most amazing event in history - the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
When Christ was scourged, beaten, tormented, spit upon, ridiculed, mocked, nailed to the cross and forced to bear a crown of thorns (Mark 10:34; Luke 23), it was the greatest act of love (John 3:16) the world has ever known. He didn't deserve any of it - He came into this world without sin. But for our sake, because He loves us, He took on our sins and became sin  (2Corinthians 5:21; 1Peter 2:22, 24).  He gave Himself as the final, substitutive sacrifice, thereby paying our sin debt in full and proclaiming, "It is finished." (John 19:30)  Three days later, after being buried in a tomb, He rose from the dead and walked this earth again (Luke 24; Acts 10:40) before ascending to Heaven (1Thessalonians 1:10) to sit at the Father's right hand (Hebrews 12:2).  If you can just begin to picture all of this in your mind, how can you refuse the gift of salvation?  I pray you will accept it, if you haven't already!
In light of the true meaning of Easter, we friends of faith have gathered together
to celebrate and share the Good News. 
We invite you to join in...

If you arrived here via Carolyn's wonderful blog http://utsukushiikami.blogspot.com/
then you are on the right track, or, if you are just aeeived here, then you'll want to go back to the talented Heather's blog to start at the very beginning of  this celebratory hop. :o)
Heather http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/
Paola http://paola-sama.blogspot.com/      <---------you are here


While we cannot even begin to reciprocate the Lord's gift to us, there is "blog candy" on some of the hop stops as a token of appreciation for your comments and encouragement. 
We also invite you to celebrate the real "Reason for the Season" by posting your own creation, celebrating Christ's Resurrection.  There is a place to link on Catherine's blog
http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com
and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card/project. 
Enjoy the hop and many blessings to all of you who took the time to visit and comment!

I am offering a lil token of my appreciation for one of you that stopped by and  left a comment on my blog (hopefully you already are or soon will be, one of my wonderful  followers too! *Good Luck* *wink*)

Here below is what you will receive:
5 handcrafted all occasions cards by me.





Have an awesome time hopping and viewing all the  awesome cards and/or projects  the wonderful partecipating girls created for your visual   appreciation :o) God Bless!
***Hugs***

40 comments:

:: BlueInks :: said...

Ms P, what a beautiful card! The colors and layout are just perfect. All of your time and effort show.

Imke said...

Beautiful Card, Paola. I like the frames and the inside is fantastico !!

Fabipasticcio said...

I do love any shade of violet so the first ones are my favourite, but it ha s become difficult to choose among them since you're amazing!

April said...

Sweet P, what is that beautiful cross? I love it!! You and the rest of the hop are truly showing your love of God in a magnificent way!!

Heather said...

Oh this is just stunning Paola. I love the beautiful shades of purple. That cross is stunning as is the basket weave and inside with the perfect sentiment and beautiful sheet music. This card is filled with Christs love and just has that peaceful serene feel to it. Thank you for sharing the love of Christ with others. I am happy to be a part of this blog hop with you
Heather

Therese said...

Paola, thanks for sharing your cards. The work on the cross reminded me of the crown of thorns, and the purple you used in the cards reminded me of something we were talking about at church last night, in terms of purple being a royal colour, and Jesus deserving glory, so thanks for reminding me of that xx

Melissa said...

Your creation, I just beautiful, everyone is doing a wonderful job with the hop and I am loving the meaning behind it. Way to get the true meaning of Easter out there!! Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to join in on the hop!

mzcherub2009 at att dot net

The Stamper's Touch said...

Wow, how absolutely stunning!!! Love the colors and that gorgeous cross. Thanks so much for sharing.

Linda

Lorie said...

Oh my, my, my, my! Paola!!!!!!!! How does one even begin to put into words what one feel when seeing these gorgeous creations!!!!! The love that you feel for our Lord just overflows in your works of art! Thank you so very much for sharing your amazing talent with us, and for being such a truly wonderful inspiration each and every day!

I love ya bunches!!!

Suzy800 said...

Oh my.....how beautiful. The cross is so gorgeous and the colors are stunning! I love the inside, the outside, all of this card. And the 5 handmade cards you made are also amazing. He is Risen....He is Risen indeed! God Bless.

Lagene said...

Gorgeous cards! The delicate cross is Beautiful! I can't figure out if it is a stamp or a lazer cut or die cut???

MiamiKel said...

Ohhhhh, I was here hours ago and just made a second run thru for the posts that weren't up (yours was!) and I was SURE I left you some love! (I was right after Fabi, lol!) Well, here I am again and my stars, girl - I wish I knew what I said earier because it took my breath away the second I saw this! The shades of purple - beautiful inspiration for the resurrection and the perfect color choice! I love the sheet music, so beautiful and inspiring and the praying hands - the perfect touch! I do hope you are feeling better, you have had your fair share lately and you need some love and rest and let Him fulfill your needs, m'dear! x0x0

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful post- I love the cross and the frame around it- and love the card where the sentiment is the focus- yes! Wonderful Blog hop- Bless you!

kadie said...

Sweet, Sweet Paola...I'm so thrilled to be a part of this hop with you. I want to thank you so much for allowing the Lord to use you in the way that He does. You brighten our days with your joy and enthusiasm. You lift us up when we need it (and sometimes even before we know we need it)! Your love and passion is contagious. You are a blessing, my dear! Thank you for sharing these GORGEOUS creations today! I can't believe that you could do all that with one hand tied behind your back (so to speak)! Just gorgeous! The way our the focus is drawn to the cross on the first one is oustanding...all the little details are perfect. And the second, oh be still my heart! I have just loved all the cards that have used music to celebrate Jesus, because I always have a song in my heart when I think of our God. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration and for the gift of your friendship. Love you, P!

Kaitlin said...

Wow.. SO beautiful!

Kaitlin
angel1694@comcast.net

Judy McMullen said...

Dearest, Sweet P, thank you for informing me of this awesome "Reason for the Season" blog hop. It is such a wonderful witness to the greatest story ever told that "God so loved the world, He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) Your gorgeous card represents the beauty of His grea love and sacrifice so we may have this saving hope. I'm so grateful He has blessed me with your friendship and inspiration!!!

Barb said...

Stunning Card Sweet P--so pretty!

Sammi said...

Wow!! So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!!
(hugs and prayers)
Sammi
xx

Maria Matter said...

beautiful Paola!!!
love your style hun, just beautiful!
hugs & blessings!

Payne Holler Cards said...

wonderful post! we serve such an awesome God! he even blesses our crafting (-:

Kirei na Kami said...

Sweet, loving Paola what a joy and a blessing it is to be a part of this inspiring hop with you:) Your cards are GORGEOUS, and I am captivated by all the lovely details!!! Thank you for sharing your blessings and talents with us!! I owe much of my love of crafting to you, my mentor!!! You are such a bright light in this world, and I am honored to say I know you:) Thank you for being the kind and caring spirit you are!!! The Holy Father has blessed you not only with creativity, but with a loving heart larger than words can express!!!

Much love,
Carolyn

Vickie said...

Love these beautiful cards and message. TFS.

Sarah said...

Beautiful card! I love the color you've used and the basket weave is wonderful. Love the color but most of all the message. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Sarah

HappyCrafter said...

Paola, this is gorgeous! So much detail and dimension and rich colours, it is outstanding!

Nana Connie said...

The cross on the first card is so stunning! Both projects are wonderful. I'm so glad that you and the others decided to do this blog hop and share with all of us your Chirstian faith. May the Lord bless you and keep you, safe in His arms forever.

Becky Dunham said...

This card is so stunning Paola! i love the colors and the message of course. As a follower of Christ, I am thrilled that you all are doing this hop to remind us all of the real reason for Easter. It seems we are inundated with other things to remove Him from our minds and our lives. I am a new follower of your blog and all of the others - now if I could just figure out a way to group my blogs that I follow so i could put you all in a group of uplifting blessing blogs :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Darlene said...

Intricate and beautiful, Paola! Rich in details, yet not overdone. Love the use of purple too. Very great card. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Oh Temptress, your creations are stunning!! So rich and vibrant and bursting with the meaning for this most holy Easter season - Christ's love and sacrifice for us! Your unfaltering faith, your passion for life, your selfless compassion for others - all are testaments to the love in your heart.

Paola, you are a true blessing in my life. While our paths seem to be more parallel than crossing lately, please know that you hold a special place in my heart. You inspire me to push through the difficult times and to savor every sweet moment in life. I am so glad we are a part of this special hop together! Love you! {hugs}

Carol W said...

WOW. WOW. WOW.... you rocked this card. This is absolutely beautiful. So well done. You never cease to amaze me with your talent my dear friend. This is truly a creation of love...so very well done...it deserves a standing "O"...great job.

♥♥♥ Carol

yas4 said...

A Beautifully designed card Paola with an important message - I love the color too! xo : )

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Paola, your card is exquisite! It is truly gorgeous, and your words of praise are such a blessing. It was so nice to be on this hop with you.

Scrappy Jackie said...

Thank you so much for being a part of this fabulous hop. What a blessing you are! He has risen indeed! I am so thankful to be a new follower of your blog. pjritsema at gmail dot com

Lori said...

Lovely card but the meaning of the your cards is the most important. You're right Christ is the reason for Easter. Thank you for joining us at ABC DT Challenge this month.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is lovely! Thanks for joining us at ABC!

Catherine said...

Paola! This is such a special card and I'm so glad you shared it with us for the hop. I love the green and purple, the images, and the sheet music - such lovely elements. But what touches me most is the faith and love behind them. You are a sweet angel of a friend and the pureness of your heart speaks volumes. (((HUGS)))

Marilyn Webb said...

Beautiful, love everything about it, thanks for joining us this week at Stamps R Us.
hugs Marilyn

Kim said...

Gorgeous Easter card. Wonderful colors. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

Julie said...

Gorgeous Easter Card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Us Crazy
Hugs,
julie

T. Tiziana said...

BELLISSIME!! te l'ho detto in privato te lo urlo in pubblico!
Pò bona perchè ti monti la testa.-)
Un bacione T.

Magento Themes said...

wow..Adorable card!!! I just love this card. This design and the purple flowers are looking fabulous. This designs and the details are great.
Thanks for this great Easter card... Magento Themes